GOVERNMENT OF CANADA INVESTS IN RED DEER AIRPORT SAFETY

February 09, 2009
RED DEER, ALBERTA —Funding of $851,025 for two safety improvement projects at the Red Deer Airport were announced today under Round Two of the Government of Canada’s 2009-2010 Airports Capital Assistance Program by Earl Dreeshen, MP for Red Deer.

“Our government is taking action to improve air safety across Canada,” said Earl Dreeshen. “Today’s funding will enable the Red Deer Airport to make necessary safety improvements, helping ensure the safety of those who fly and enhancing the economic potential of the air services industry in the region.”
 
The projects involve replacing a snow blower, and a plow truck and sweeper. These improvements will help ensure that the Red Deer Airport remains a safe and efficient facility.
 
“Investing in the safety of our airports is a win-win for Canadians,” said John Baird, Canada’s Transport Minister. “By funding these projects we are taking action to increase safety at airports, contribute to trade and tourism, and help boost local economies.”
 
The Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) finances capital projects related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. Eligible airports must have year-round regularly scheduled passenger service with a minimum of 1,000 passengers each year over the most recent three consecutive years, they must meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements and they cannot be owned or operated by the Government of Canada.
 
Since ACAP started in 1995, including today’s announcements, the Government of Canada has invested a total of $489 million for 598 projects at 167 airports. Over 99 per cent of these projects were airside projects.
 
The Red Deer Airport is owned by the Red Deer Regional Airport Authority. Regularly scheduled passenger service is provided by Northwestern Air.
 
Federal funding for these projects is provided for in the existing financial framework.